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Artist International Development Award

Artist International Development Award

Some exciting news in the in box! I’ve just learnt I’ve been awarded one of the final Artists International Development Fund Awards, a jointly funded programme between the British Council and Arts Council England. The award is to undertake a 3 week research project over 6 months, working towards the development of a new mid-scale … Continue reading

Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone …..the Uk tour dates

Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone …..the Uk tour dates

Here’s the Nina Story tour in full (30 Jan 2018 to 24 March 2018) with box office links:- The Lowry (30 Jan – 3 Feb) https://www.thelowry.com/events/nina-a-story-about-me-and-nina-simone Exeter Northcott (5-6 Feb) https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/calendar/nina-a-story-about-nina-and-me/ Leicester Curve (9-10 Feb) http://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/nina/ Ipswich New Wolsey (20-22 Feb) https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/nina-a-story-about-me-and-nina-simone/ Cardiff Richard Burton Theatre WCMD (24 Feb) https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/events/nina_-a_story_about_me_and_nin.aspx Theatre by the Lake (27 … Continue reading

The Leaving of Liverpool

The Leaving of Liverpool

No not the track made famous by the Dubliners (and no that’s not the Dubliners below), and no I’m not going to California…. I can clearly remember sitting in the auditorium of Unity as the incoming Artistic Director, watching the technical rehearsals of Rumplestilsken.  Three years later, no not just 3 years later, after 3 AMAZING … Continue reading

Grrr….overly complicated train ticketing

Actually this blog boils down to one thing. That if our train ticketing system is too complicated for the barriers and two different members of station staff then something must be wrong. I was (er am) travelling back north this morning (after a couple of days with the Unity / Riksteatern company as they prepare … Continue reading

Z Arts and STUN artist lab… for BAME or Disabled Artist interested in Making Theatre for Children and Young People?

Z Arts and STUN artist lab… for BAME or Disabled Artist interested in Making Theatre for Children and Young People?

Some fragments, in the build up to introducing a great opportunity…. Coming to see Rumplestilsken at the Unity before I’d even started.  It was a packed schools show….the children quite literally representing the diversity of Liverpool.  Yet on stage we were mono culture – our fantastic cast were all white. Jonathan Goodacre, formally of Tara … Continue reading

Hope Street

Hope Street

To the Philharmonic Music Room to help launch the impressive  Impact of Hope  report (read the full document hereA4-Hope-St-Brochure WEB ) published by the Hope Street CIC.  Impact of Hope effectively shows how Hope Street makes an impact locally, nationally and internationally. The extraordinary combination of world class culture, academic excellence, astonishing architecture, fine and independent dining and … Continue reading